Red-flowered Lotus; Red Bird's Foot Trefoil; Red-flowered Trefoil
Perennial forb or climber, prostrate or 5-50cm tall. Leaves alternating along the stems, composed of five leaflets, each 0.5-1.5cm long, 2-7mm wide, flat, rough, hairy or hairless, with smooth edges. Flowers pink, white, red, or purple. Flowers pea-shaped, with five petals, two almost joined together. Plants on Scotia Sanctuary, NSW, have pale pink flowers. Flower groups in 1-3-flowered umbels, the stalks arising from the bases of the leaves.
Description and photo in G.M. Cunningham, WE Mulham, PL Milthorpe and J H Leigh (1981 and later printings) Plants of Western New South Wales page 400
PlantNET description: http://plantnet.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/NSWfl.pl?page=nswfl&lvl=sp&name=Lotus~cruentus